Saturday, September 6, 2014
Composing Free From Desire
I am a musician, not a conductor. Certainly I have enough difficulties conducting my own life, so why do I frequently "know" how others should be conducting theirs? As a musician I have my part to play, same as in life. I may know how I'd play another's part, but alas it is theirs to play. Of course I have my opinions, some knowledge, and always hope for a situation. But how do I know when my "desire" is in the best interest of a piece of music, let alone in the life of another, or for humanity in general?
Disconnect From Desire became a guiding light while listening. Connect with the now and leave the mental noise. Connect with the now and increase the signal I'm hearing. I saw where this can guide my practice for the next few days as I prepare for my next gig. Disconnect From Desire for the outcome of my practice and just play the notes. Be there now with the notes; no where else, ever. Rise above my desires. When I care for the head, the heart, and the hands; music just might be available. At the very least I'll be available.
Photo: What the Eye Sees by Jack Mallon.